Academy Museum’s Gift From George Lucas Foundation Will Allow Kids To Visit For Free
The George Lucas Family Foundation has provided what the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) calls a “transformative grant” in support of the Academy Museum’s educational mission.
Kerry Brougher, Director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, didn’t reveal the amount of Lucas’ generous donation but said the funds will be used to create an endowment allowing for free admission to the museum in perpetuity for visitors ages 17 and younger.
The museum is “committed to helping educate our youngest visitors: the children and teens who will be the next generation of filmmakers, writers, and visual artists,” Brougher said. “To succeed, though, we must break down the financial barriers that make it difficult for families, students and teens to visit cultural institutions. … Although not every child who visits the Academy Museum will embark on a career in filmmaking, each young person deserves to be inspired by the new perspectives and ideas that come through their exposure to the arts.”
Brougher also announced the appointment of Amy Homma as the museum’s first Director of Education and Public Engagement. She most recently was with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.